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“Photography” is a professional study course under fine arts. It is also known as the hobby course. If you are an imaginative or creative, then photography is the best career option of your choice.

Photographs are the best medium to show your creativity. If you are attracting with the visual world and wish to capture the moments surrounding you, then you may turn your hobby as a profession and can get the profitability.

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By the growing trend of network communication and media, the professional photographers are in demand by the professional societies.

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“Photography is an art of collecting the images, moments and visual communication material with the help of technology & instruments”.

Photography is a non-formal professional field. You may work even during the tour in your comfortable dress. You may be clicking in your local area in any celebration or party, and it May that you are clicking on the red carpet or at the African safari.

Photography is an outstanding medium of self-expression. With the explosion of the communication network, Photography has now become a profession with huge commercial value.

Photographers use their creativity, technical expertise & composition skills to produce and preserve images that tell a story or record an event.

Courses & Duration

There are so many certificate and diploma courses in photography in India. Beside these, very few colleges provide the bachelor degree in fine arts and photography.

The minimum education required for the professional course in photography is 10+2. These courses contain the knowledge of photographs, angle, lightning, technical knowledge of instruments as camera and understanding of fine arts.

There are various Institutions in India, which offer traditional courses in photography, whereas some Institution imparts photography as a secondary subject. Students can pursue diploma, degree & certificate courses in photography according to their own choice.

These programmes are offered in different domains of photography such as basis photography, digital photography, fashion photography, professional photography, motion picture photography, photo journalism etc.

The professional education in photography has three levels of study after 12th as the following:

  1. Certificate courses: Certificate courses are taken the duration of six months after 12th in any stream. The list of certificate courses:
  • Wedding photography
  • Photography
  1. Diploma courses: Diploma courses are taken the duration of one year after 12th in any stream. The list of diploma courses:
  • Wedding photography
  • Photography
  • Wild life photography
  • Fashion photography
  • Journalism photography
  1. Degree courses: Degree courses are taken the duration of three years after 12th in any stream. The list of degree courses:
  • B.A. (fine arts)
  • B.A. (Photography)

Eligibility & Admission

For the admission in the photographic field of education, you must have passed the 12th standard. It doesn’t matter your are from Science stream, Arts stream or Commerce stream, you can go for photography courses. If you have a command over computer or electronic then it is good for you to understand the technical part of this education.

Career & Jobs

Suppose that you are travelling in first class coach or airbus and getting all facilities during your travel and boarding at one’s pocket. It means there is a lot of fun with zero% working irritation. There is no rule of office timing, dress code or limited expense.

Photography is one of the glamour jobs. You may work with the organizations that are working in press, fashion field, advertisement, documentary field, magazines or tourism.

There are many career options exists for Photographers. Photographer has an option to focus their career in a certain area of photography. Some common areas of specialization are commercial photography, news photography, fashion photography & scientific photography.

Some photographers only shoot portrait photographs. Photographers may work for a company or self-employed. They can find assignments by networking & advertising. Photographers can also work in magazines, websites, television, weddings, newspapers, etc.

As a Photographer, you can also work for advertising & marketing companies. They also sell their pictures in art gallery. You can also rum your own studios.

The job profiles of this field are:

  • Photo Journalists
  • Portrait Photographers
  • Wildlife Photographers
  • Feature Photographers
  • Forensic Photographers
  • Fine Art Photographers
  • Freelancing
  • Scientific Photographers
  • Fashion & Advertising Photographers
  • Event Photographer


After the completion of this course, you can get the job opportunity in:

  • Add media
  • News media
  • Documentary firms
  • Magazines
  • Event management organizations
  • Theatre
  • Movies
  • Digital media
  • Photo editor
  • Art director
  • Digital marketer
  • Photographer’s assistant

Skills Required

To become a good photographer, you have both technical & creativity knowledge. You must have an extra interest & quality in color, visuals, light, etc. Photography field is constantly changing with the improvement of technology. There is not a shortcut to become a successful photography career.

You have to work hard. Hence, you have to be fast-moving & willing to learn throughout the career. Photographers needs their creative and technical capabilities to capture photos of people, places, and things.

Personality Traits:

  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Independent
  • Communication skills
  • Good with people
  • Originality
  • Visual skills
  • Business skills
  • Organized
  • Technical skills
  • Adaptability
  • Organisation

The popular photographers in India are Raghubir Singh Khatu, Raghu Rai, Kulwant Roy, Bandi Rajan Babu, Iqbal Mohamed.


There is no fix salary for a photographer. The salary depends on your skill and your employer firm standard. A fresher can start the career with 100000 per annum, but after the experience if he got better platform, he may get the 3-5 lakh per annum. A mid-career Photographer with 5-9 year’s experience earns total compensation of ₹420,000.

Some photographers may be paid an hourly rate. The salary of the photographer can vary depending on a several factors, i.e. talent & experience.

In abroad, the average earnings of the photographers are $40,280.

Books & Study Material

It is a very difficult task to search for a good photography books. Here, we have listed the best photography books to help you in this pursuit.

  • The Digital Photography by Scott Kelby’s
  • The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression by Bruce Barnbaum
  • Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera by Bryan Peterson
  • BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro by Jim Miotke
  • The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman
  • Basic 35mm Photo Guide: For Beginning Photographers by Craig Alesse
  • Light, gesture, color and its not about the F’stop by Jay Maisel
  • A world history of photography by Naomi Rosenblum
  • The moment it clicks by Joe McNally

If you have any query about Photography Courses, you can ask your query below.

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  1. Hi, have completed 12th with science stream and i have a lot of interest in Photography. Being genuine i do not have any idea about Rules and regulation about Photography. Would request you to help me to choose any course. As i want my career as photographer.

  2. Hello
    M studying in 12th and now it’s time to decide my career and I love photography so plz guide me what should I do after 12th should I directly apply to photography?

  3. Hlo…i m in cls 12 with science stream..n want to become a professional photographer..n work for national geographic any1 hlp me what should I do aftr 12 ..?

  4. Hi,
    I have completed B.Tech with IT stream in 2013 and also worked in IT firm but now i want to switch my career to do something creative. I have a lot of interest in Photography and want to take it as my profession. I don’t have any idea about courses & how to get jobs after it. But I have a huge interest. Would request you to help me in choosing the course. As i want my career as photographer.

  5. I want to be a professional photographer .. but I have no camera and if I join course of photography is it necessary to take camera on that time ? I have asked this question bcoz my family is not too good in financially level

  6. sir, i m a repeater student of science stream and i have passed my 12th in 2014. is it necessary to do diploma and ceritifcate courses.i am new in this field and i am very passionate about it. i am intersrted in wildlife photography. i m in confusion so its a humble request to u to please tell me about this as soon as urgent..

  7. Hiiii. Guys . . .
    I’m in 12 science . with my study and attitude and passion is photography &y dream is to become a professional photographer . . . .
    Please help and guide me
    How to do career in photography ?

  8. I love Photography…and I want to make me a Wildlife Photographer…Which is the best successful of my life..

  9. Hello I am want to be a nature&wildlife Photographer but I am not go in South India please tell me best college&institute in north India and scope in north India

  10. I HV cmpletd 12 and looking for a career in which I love to do….and photography is a thing which I love to do …I love adventures fashion i want to capture most beautiful and unique pics. Ever captured …and iam a good photographer ..but the prblm is iam very much worried and confused ebt the career is it a trust worthy career??? Can anyone help me plz

  11. hiii
    any body is here wch cn gv a beeter advice…..coz i m so cnfused.
    i m doing medical prepration ths time,,bt my phy nd che. is weak nd i like bio,coz here we studied about many organisms and animals.
    i like photography so much,bt cn we make a better carrier in ths field?,after read ths tell me cn i make a carrier in photography?

    if yes,tell me about sm collages of photography in india aftr 12th

  12. What is the min.% class 12 from of state board to do Photography course (Diploma). Please reply soo. Urgent.

  13. I wnna know about if there’s any institute in kolkata for photography….n whts the maximum tym limit for these type of courses if m just 12 pass …… please sirr help me..HELP ME PLEASE!!!
    Salary does not matters for me ..i just wnna earn for my life

  14. I want to become a Photojournalist after my 12th so Guyz give some Ideas to me so I can be successful in my life as A Photographer in Future…..Its my Dream

  15. ohhh my god!!!!!!sooooo many photographers i too want 2 become a photographer can any one please help me,.,…..iam i have completed my 10 th iwant 2 bcome a wild life photographer

  16. Iam really crazy about wildlife photography.I just passed 10 is there any course for wildlife photography
    without +2

  17. Hi!can u plz tell me what course should i do if i wanna do photography travelling around the world..??

  18. Dear Sir,
    I am an amateur Photographer and want to be a professional one.
    i want to know that in commerce stream is there any source through which after 12th i can choose a course which is linked to Photography??
    Thanking You

  19. I want to do job like ranbir kapoor does in yeh jawani hai deewani movie
    What should I do for that job. Plz reply

  20. Dear Sir
    I, Anchal want some information regading photography.
    Actually my brother want to became a professional photographer. In march 2016, he will complete his +2.He is very creative. Our hometown is in Mandi Gobindgarh. So, Please tell me how can he starts his photography career and from where he starts?

  21. Hey !! I’m a new one in the photography world.. Its my passion rather than I make it a profession but still I want to continue further studies in Photography! I love wildlife photography!! Could you please tell me about the institutions who carry this course!?? Thank You.!!

  22. I am a 15 year old student of class 10 and i am very keen in pursuing photography as a career. I am specially interested in nature’s photography. I belong from a middle class family hence it would be an uphill task for me to pursue this field, therefore i need a proper course of action and guidance. Please guide me to do the needful. If possible also let me know about the scope of pursuing this field in India as well as a rough salary estimate.

    1. we are in same situation but don’t worry friend everything will be alright..if we have the passion then everything will be possible

  23. I will do photography course…. but my parents say me this filed no scope in futures … they told me if u choose photography they cannot aprove about money but I do photography in any condition any situation

  24. I’m intereseted in photography courses after 12th but I want to know about the expanses of the courses…..please help

      1. many fee of these course i mean diploma and certificate course. I am a wedding phographer n i want grow my passion as career can u tell me plz tht how many fee n how i can contect these intitutses. Waiting for reply

  25. Is it better to do photography course in India or abroad? And If abroad can you please suggest some names of the universities?

  26. This course comes under the fine arts. but how can we explore these course as my profession and how can these field help me to show my talent to make me a famous photographer.

  27. i love wild life photography .. can u plz tell me how to do courses regarding wildlife photography and also tell me job opurtunities and salary

    1. This course comes under the fine arts. You can join any institution and can get an bachelor degree. Salary is good in this field but to grab a job is not easy. You may be hired by any TV channal like discovery.

    1. hello sir Mera Nam ankit hai ora Mai ye Janna chahata Hu Ki 12th k bad kon sa course kro photography me

  28. Notifie me best photpgrapy school in india

  29. Can you tell me something about the fine arts!
    After 12th , which course i should do??? (BFA??)
    Plx tell mee!
    And how much it charges? …plz tell me??

  30. I love photography! (Forever)
    Its my passion its every thing for meee…
    I want to convert this passion as my profession after 12th! ☺
    But…………. ?
    My family has financial problems, so they didn’t spend lots of money onn me!
    So suggest me something which help me aftr the 12th ! Plzzss
    Reply me! Plz…… Plz

  31. I love photography! (Forever)
    Its my passion its every thing for meee…
    I want to convert this passion as my profession after 12th! ☺
    But…………. ?
    My family has financial problems, so they didn’t spend lots of money onn me!
    So suggest me something which help me aftr the 12th ! Plzzss
    Reply me! Plz

    1. Go and get a degree in fine art form any nearby college which offer this course. This course is not so expensive and you may easily grab this course. After completing this degree you can find you in this profession.

  32. Hey,i am currently doing my +1 from Delhi. I wish to pursue my carrier in photography preferably travel photography.
    I have been looking for some good institutions for photography(long term diploma course).
    I wanted to know a few things :

    1) A good photography institution in Delhi(Long term with diploma)

    2) Do i need to give a generalised entrance exam or just the college one would work?

    3) Basic requirements for admissions?

    4) How to choose a DSLR ?

    5) How to make a portfolio with less experience (being a 16yr old kid)

    6) Age bar for the admission(as i read on some sites it is 20yrs minimum, so can’t i go for the course just after my 12th I.e 18yrs old )

    7) Do i need to wait for my result to get into a college or just the entrance basis?

    8)can i make a future in thus carrier?

    9) What will the course be called (eg: BFA,MBBS,BDS,ETC.)

    10) What should i do after my course is completed?

    11) How to get a job being a travel photographer then ?



    1. you must be 12th passed for UG courses and 10the pass for diploma courses.
      no need to appear any entrance exam however some of the institution conduct the entrance but not only for photography courses.
      choose DSLR after a complete research on internet about the specification and compare with others.
      snap some historical and traveling snaps and make portfolia with best quality. some of the studios offer the portfolio work. The age should be minimu 17 years for UG and 15 years for diploma after 10th.
      the courses will be called as BFA.
      it has a good career just you click on the right paltform.

  33. I have completed 12th in commerce and now I have interest in photography but I have never used a camera but I am creative and want to pursue this career but I don’t know how to start!! So please help me

    1. get the fine art (performing art) in UG and choose the photography. Not much but some institutions in Delhi and Mumbai offer that course.

  34. I had completed my class 10 and opted commerce with i.p(information practices) and had intrest in photography. I’dont know after 10+2 what should i do for photography courses, i think i’m intrested in whild life photography, but dont know that what should i do for that, like:- where these courses are performed …..etc

  35. My dream is to be a photographer cuz I love it a lot every emotion happiness I want to capture but is this course gonna help me make ma carrier

  36. I love photography . I want to be wildlife photography. This article is useful to me. I’m in search for good course & career in photography.

  37. hlo sir
    gud afternoon
    sir, i have jst cleared my 10+2 in commerce stream..
    i have interest in photography and accounts also..
    now am totally confused what i should choose..
    which line is better for me for my future…
    i have sent my registration for cpt also
    i firstly choose that i will do ca with and after i will do mba
    bt i have also keen interest in photography and i enjoy alot clicking pictures
    i am good in photography
    now am deciding to do photography course and become a professional photographer
    sir can u please help me which line i should choose
    photography or and mba..
    which line have more scope???

  38. I want to be Wildlife Photographer. This Article is useful to me. I’m in search for Good course & career in photography…….

  39. Basic problem with everyone is parents
    let first convince them
    we ca meet anywhere if both of us get a good job in this field.

  40. Hello. I’m totally sure that i want make photography my life. Want to convience my parents completely. Because my interests match to it, i have a little experience playing and clicking around pictures with a camera. (<- This might sound silly) My 12th results are still to come. After that, Am i totally free to choose my favourite course in photography?! And also go head in it in future?! Or is it like first to go for the basics and then choose my favorite one? Please help me with it. I Really want to know.

    1. First clear your basics and choose any good photography institute..and pursue any short term course in photography.

    1. It is one of the popular courses in photography…if you love wild animals, adventurous job, and natural beauty..than this course will be good for you..

  41. I want my career in photography . So for that I just wanted to know the eligibility and what is the scope in choosing this line?

  42. There are so many beautiful things in the world. Which are always tempting me. I want to capture them. But i don’t know anything about its courses. I belonged to a poor family background. Even i don’t have enough money to buy a degital camera.Please give any suggestion how to make a carear in photography.

    1. hi narendra.. i also have the same problem as yours.
      but still i wish to make my career in this field.please if you have received any reply about courses regarding this … please do help me out too… eagerly waiting for reply.
      With Regards.

      1. Photography offers you a career in which you live your dream and capture the most amazing things of the word, there are many institutes which are offering courses in photogrpahy. you may choose any of these courses, but you guys must remember that you should have to show patience to become a successful phogrpaher and to get hired by the top companies, agencies or TV channels. But the best part of being a photographer is that you can work as a freelancer and work for various agencies at the same time.

      1. hii mohit negi
        can u plz tell about short term courses of photography i want to do ot but how can i do it can i do it directly after 1if yes then plz reply

      2. you should atleast complete your 12th for entry into these colleges, some of the top colleges are listed below:
        College Of Art, University of Delhi, New Delhi
        Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication (SACAC), New Delhi
        The Indian Institute of Digital Art and Animation, Kolkata
        Sir JJ School of Applied Art, Mumbai

      3. hii mohit negi
        can u plz tell about short term courses of photography i want to do ot but how can i do it can i do it directly after 10if yes then plz reply but i am very dull in studies but i have an lot of interest in photography

      4. It will be better if you go for photography after your 12th, the photography courses ranges from 2 months to 1 year, there are different types photography like fashion, Wildlife, Media, Sports etc…first you have to do foundation course and then you can select any one of the above as per your interest and can go for internship with some senior photographer.

      5. H,I have completed 12th with arts stream and i have a lot of interest in Photography. Being genuine i do not have any idea about Rules and regulation about Photography. But i have a huge interest. Would request you to help me to choose any course. As i want my career as photographer.

      6. What are the short term courses to become a professional photographer please can suggest those courses to me.if you suggest those courses to me it will help me a lot

      7. Hi Mohit
        I am persuing in XII in commerce stream.
        I am interested in photography/camera man so I want some professional degree courses in the same.
        Please guide me if there is any scope of specialization after BJMC or BAJM.
        Akash Chauhan

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